He was sought for killing a man and wounding a woman in Camden County.
Authorities said Monday that Winslow Township police officers shot to death a 55-year-old Pennsville Township man Saturday morning, but have not yet explained why the suspect was shot.
Jose Pietri was killed by officers around 9 a.m. in Millville, ending a bloody morning that began miles away in Camden County.
The carnage started early Saturday when police responded to a 911 call about a shooting at a home on Woodhaven Way in Winslow.
Officers found Derek White, 47, of Salem, shot to death and a 26-year-old Winslow Township woman seriously wounded.
Police identified Pietri as the suspected gunman and were told that his two kids, ages 2 and 3, were missing. It’s unclear if one of the shooting victims was also a parent of the missing children.
Following the shooting, Winslow officers said they saw Pietri’s vehicle near the crime scene and pursued him.
The chase continued into Cumberland County, where Winslow’s officers were joined by a Millville cop on Holly Berry Lane.
Officials have not described what led to the shooting, but Pierti was declared dead at a hospital a short time later. Prosecutors said a firearm was recovered near his body.
Pietri’s kids were located Saturday afternoon in Salem County, authorities said. Investigators have not said how they got there.
The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the fatal shooting by the officers.
Details about what led to the Winslow shootings have not been released.
The unidentified Winslow woman shot Saturday remains hospitalized, authorities said.
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